Chicago has about 40% fewer African-American teachers than in 2001

This month's Mother Jones examines a shocking statistic: "According to the Albert Shanker Institute, which is funded in part by the American Federation of Teachers, the number of black educators has declined sharply in some of the largest urban school districts in the nation. In Philadelphia, the number of black teachers declined by 18.5 percent between 2001 and 2012. In Chicago, the black teacher population dropped by nearly 40 percent. And in New Orleans, there was a 62 percent drop in the number of black teachers."

The article focuses on Darlene Lomax and her former Philadelphia teaching appointment at Germantown High School. Here's a short video about the piece:

Black Teachers Matter (Mother Jones)

Graph via Mother Jones based on 2016 NCES data of US student/teacher percentages by race.